Bridgend Ravens claimed a bonus point victory at the BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park as they ran in five tries in an open, entertaining match on the Capital's all weather surface.
Man of the Match, Joseph Scrivens, starting at Inside Centre, opened the scoring with a penalty 10 minutes into the match. Bridgend added the games first try shortly after following a succession of driving mauls close to the line. Gareth Beer got the ball down to edge the Ravens into an 8 point lead at the end if the opening quarter.
The Ravens’ high tempo game led to their second try of the match just three minutes later. A quick tap penalty allowed Scrivens to storm into the Cardiff 22 and Scrum Half Will Baird was on hand to finish the move out wide. The inspired Scrivens added the conversion.
Cardiff hit back through Luke Ford as the centre crashed over from close range. David Bird added the extras.
It didn't take the Ravens long to re-establish a two score lead, again thanks to Man Of The Match Joseph Scrivens. The centre broke through and raced up field. Morgan Jones was in support this time to grab his second league try for the Ravens - his second in two weeks.
The Blue and Blacks added a second score, this time Richard Smith managed to squeeze over out wide. The excellent touchline conversation narrowed the gap to just 6 points at the break.
HT Cardiff RFC 16-22 Bridgend Ravens
The Ravens took just five minutes of the second half to secure a try bonus point bonus point. A Bridgend lineout, 8 metres from the Cardiff line saw James Murphy shown a yellow card for pulling the Ravens jumper down in the air. The Visitors opted for the scrum, and with Cardiff now a man light up front, the Bridgend pack surged over for a penalty try. The automatic 8 pointer extend the Ravens lead to 14. Amazingly, that penalty try was the first awarded to Bridgend in the league this season.
Ryan Griffiths, Mike Powell and replacement wing Ryan Davies all made good breaks as the game further opened up late on and the Ravens were able to add to their tally with 80 minutes played. Ryan Davies’ interception break away from his own 22 got Bridgend to the right area of the field to see out the game. Another powerful scrum from the Ravens pack allowed Matthew John to pick up and bardge over in the corner. Scrivens’ touchline conversation sailed over to cap a fine performance from the young Outside Half.
Cardiff managed one final attack as the clock turned red, a nice wide break and inside pass sent James Loxton over for a consolation try, but it was the magnificent contingent of Bridgend supporters who were celebrating when referee Jason Bessant called time on what was an excellent advert for Principality Premiership rugby.